Posts Tagged ‘mukashibanashi’

I feel bad not having updated this blog since I started it, but  I won’t arrive in Japan until this Sunday.  Once I get there, there will be a whole new prefecture to explore, festivals to attend, and food to learn how to cook. As a foreign worker, I’ll also be mired in bureaucratic immigration processes.

Until that time, I’d like to share my translation of one of my favorite Japanese scary stories.  The original Japanese text is here.  “Miminashi Houichi,” or “No-Ears Houichi” is a 昔話 (mukashi banashi), or a folktale.  It also appears in Lafcadio Hearn’s collection of Japanese ghost stories Kwaidan.


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